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BOOK 3 of 3 documenting the complete first year of artworks from the first horror-fantasy pulp in history: Der Orchideengarten.
BOOK 3 of 3 documenting the complete first year of artworks from the first horror-fantasy pulp in history: Der Orchideengarten.
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Eldritch Bloom is the third and final book documenting the entirety of the artworks from the first year (1919) of Der Orchideengarten.

Der Orchideengarten (The Orchid Garden) was a German publication bearing the honor of being the first periodical of fantastic horror, preceding the famous American Weird Tales magazine by four years.  

Published immediately after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included copious illustrations of themes ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.

The stories were written by the European counterparts of H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, and the artworks were by artists both well-known and painfully obscure: Heinrich Kley, for example, was Disney's inspiration for imagery such as Night on Bald Mountain in his film Fantasia, and is one of the artists well-represented in the magazine.  The stories have been reprinted and translated over the past century, but the artworks remain undiscovered treasures– until now.

The third book in the series is 5.5" x 8.5", paperback, 80 pages plus cover; with over 60 illustrations, this volume contains every artwork from issues 13-18 of the 1919 issues.

This campaign is for ELDRITCH BLOOM... and if you missed the first two, there are special pledge levels for you to get ALL THREE books collecting the COMPLETE 1919 DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN artworks!

The magazines were printed with letterpress debossing, creating rich, dense text and images; we are capturing the artworks in ultra-high, crisp resolution for maximum detail.
The magazines were printed with letterpress debossing, creating rich, dense text and images; we are capturing the artworks in ultra-high, crisp resolution for maximum detail.

Why we need your help.

For nearly 20 years, Century Guild has devoted itself to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture. We've prepared the materials, and by preordering a copy and spreading the word, you can help us make a documentation of this very rare and very obscure magazine come to life. Der Orchideengarten gets mentioned frequently in books, at fantasy conventions, and at certain full-moon cauldron gatherings–but the same low-resolution images get shared over and over again. This book is an opportunity to explore the 1919 artworks in depth, with high resolution scans made from a pristine collection.

Our book is reproduced from a pristine, original set of 1919 magazines.
Our book is reproduced from a pristine, original set of 1919 magazines.

"Why books? Everyone else is going digital!"

We are book people. We love tactile experiences. In a hyper-stimulating digital era, we believe that there's nothing more important than curling up beneath a lamp with a cup of tea and exploring new worlds by thoughtfully turning the pages of a well-crafted book. Call us archaic or romantic, but it's an experience that we want to help perpetuate. We hope that you will help us make this happen!

About the artworks.

After the First World War, the Weimar Republic was formed, and for a short time censorship was lifted in Germany, after which the floodgates opened to release the greatest creative period of the 20th century in the realms of silent cinema, theater and cabaret, and visual arts. If you are a fan of the strange and sinister, THE ORCHID GARDEN is pure Weimar-era gold.

Additional rewards!

11" x 17" posters are the first three stretch goals- see the chart below!  ALL THREE posters are UNLOCKED and included in ALL PACKAGES at the $33 and above pledge levels! 

 Postcards are 5" x 7".

Pin sizes are approximately 2" at the widest point.

Each letterpress print is hand-pulled with rich, black inks, and carefully embossed with the Century Guild seal.

The complete letterpress sets come in a marbled paper folio; pictured is the Volume 1 folio (red). (Volume 2 has a green base and Volume 3 a blue pattern.)

Limited Edition scents from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

BPAL #1 - DIABOLICAL FANTASIA Smoked agarwood, tobacco absolute, brittle white musk, King mandarin, and neroli.

BPAL #2 - SINISTER HARVEST Crushed fig and white mint, white sandalwood, and black pepper.

BPAL #3 - ELDRITCH BLOOM Black plum, opium tar accord, black patchouli, white sage, ti leaf, and heady white orchid.

Stretch goals!

We really need your help to spread the word about this book!  The success of small publishing projects is dependent on word of mouth, and these days social media is so flooded with ads and information that people are (understandably) tuning out. If you know someone else who is a fan of obscure, occult, bizarre, and mystical artworks, please send them a link to the project so they can check out the campaign and help us preserve the legacy of this incredibly important magazine! Your help promoting this project makes ALL the difference in the world - working together we can ensure this important part of history is documented and preserved!

Everyone is overloaded on social media, so we are asking you to help us by sending personal emails to the book lovers in your life... and as a thank-you, we have come up with some incredibly cool stretch goals!

Please note that the stretch goal achievements are cumulative, so if we hit $30,000 then we have unlocked ALL of the bonuses!

About us.

Costumes for The Great Gatsby on display at Century Guild
Costumes for The Great Gatsby on display at Century Guild

Century Guild is an institution founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in their Chicago (1999-2013) and Los Angeles (2012-2018) galleries, as well as numerous International Art and Antiques Fairs across the last two decades, and for fourteen years were a major presence at San Diego Comic Con International. Works previously in the Century Guild collection are on permanent display in numerous institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Detroit Institute of Art. The limited edition books published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and collectability; many out of print volumes are commanding high prices on Amazon and eBay. We are strong believers in and supporters of the crowdfunding community and the way that it encourages creations of exceptional quality by making a direct connection between the creator and collector. Thank you for your support in this important academic endeavor by helping us to create a gorgeous keepsake book.

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    ELDRITCH BLOOM paperback

    ELDRITCH BLOOM book documenting the artworks from Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issues 13-18. Softcover, 80 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", $29 retail.

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    ELDRITCH BLOOM book + postcard set

    ELDRITCH BLOOM paperback book documenting the artworks from Der Orchideengarten, 1919, issues 13-18. Softcover, 80 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", $29 retail. PLUS a set of ten Orchid Garden postcards featuring images from this volume.

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    ELDRITCH BLOOM book + postcard set + pin

    ELDRITCH BLOOM paperback documenting the artworks from Der Orchideengarten, 1919. 80 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" PLUS a set of ten Orchid Garden postcards AND your choice of deluxe enamel pin.

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    ELDRITCH BLOOM book, cards + BPAL #1

    ELDRITCH BLOOM softcover book + postcard set + Diabolical Fantasia scented oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (limited edition of 66, description in campaign).

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    ELDRITCH BLOOM book, cards + BPAL #2

    ELDRITCH BLOOM softcover book + postcard set + Sinister Harvest scented oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (limited edition of 66, description in campaign).

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    ELDRITCH BLOOM book, cards + BPAL #3

    ELDRITCH BLOOM softcover book + postcard set + Eldritch Bloom scented oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (limited edition of 66, description in campaign).

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    THE COMPLETE 1919 ARTWORKS

    The set of three books documenting the complete artworks from the first year of Der Orchideengarten: DIABOLICAL FANTASIA, SINISTER HARVEST, and ELDRITCH BLOOM. Each book is 80 pages, 5.5" x 8.5".

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    BEST DEAL LETTERPRESS PACKAGE

    ELDRITCH BLOOM paperback, the postcard set, and metal pin– PLUS your choice of any one of the deluxe, hand-pressed 11" x 14" letterpress prints.

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    BOOK + PIN collector's package!

    ALL THREE books, the ELDRITCH BLOOM postcard set, and ALL THREE pins!

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    BOOK + BPAL CORNUCOPIA!

    All three Orchid Garden 1919 books and ALL THREE limited edition Orchid Garden 1919 Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oils (limited to 66 bottles each, see descriptions above), the Eldritch Bloom postcard set, PLUS a selection of various out-of-print postcards. (Substitutions on books and pins allowed!)

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    BOOK + PIN + BPAL CORNUCOPIA + PRINT!

    BEST VALUE! All three Orchid Garden 1919 books, all three enamel pins, and ALL THREE limited edition Orchid Garden 1919 Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oils (limited to 66 bottles each, see descriptions above), the Eldritch Bloom postcard set, PLUS a selection of various out-of-print postcards AND a letterpress print or Patronage Print of your choice. (Substitutions on books and pins allowed!)

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    COMPLETE LETTERPRESS SET + BOOK

    EVERYTHING ELDRITCH. The book, the postcard set, the metal pin- and ALL FIVE letterpress images presented IN A CUSTOM FOLIO ($300 retail!)

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    PATRON PACKAGE

    YOUR NAME (or a loved one) THANKED ON THE TITLE PAGE of ELDRITCH BLOOM! You'll also receive ten copies of the book, ten pins of your choice, and ten Eldritch Bloom postcard sets to share with your friends.

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    PATRON LETTERPRESS PACKAGE

    YOUR NAME (or a loved one) THANKED ON THE TITLE PAGE! You'll also receive ten books, ten pins, and ten postcard sets to share with your friends- PLUS TEN letterpress prints, in any combination. (Two complete sets of five, ten of one image, etc.)

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    DEDICATION PACKAGE

    Ten books and postcard and pin sets with one VERY SPECIAL addition- YOU WILL WRITE A BOOK DEDICATION to be published on the title page, for anyone you choose! (We will help you write this if you like, and we also reserve the right to refuse or edit what we consider inappropriate content.) Author will sign books if you like, and any stretch goals will be provided in quantities of ten. You'll also personally receive a special thank you on the title page for making this book possible. And as a special thank you: FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. Also includes the last set of all three Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Orchid Garden 1919 oils.

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